Texas’ season ends in NCAA Tournament

Sara Beth Purdy

After falling behind early, the Longhorns were not able to overcome a deficit in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the University of South Carolina this past weekend. In the seventh minute of the game, the Gamecocks snuck a shot past junior goal keeper Alexa Gaul to jump to an early lead. After that, both defenses took over, and South Carolina went on to win 1-0.

With the loss, Texas ended its season on another disappointing note and fell to a season record of 11-9-1.

Toward the end of the first half, the Longhorns had many opportunities to tie the game. Freshman forward Allison Smith launched a couple of shots in the backfield, but quick saves by the Gamecock defenders prevented the Longhorns from tieing up the score before halftime.

In the second half, the Longhorns were equally unlucky. Junior forward Vanessa Ibewuike missed a clear shot off an assist by fellow junior forward Hannah Higgins. Higgins went on to take a few more unsuccessful shots late in the game.

Despite edging the Gamecocks in shots taken and shots on goal, the Texas offense was unable to prevent the loss.

Printed on Monday, November 14, 2011 as: Offense's missed opportunities lead to season-ending 1-0 loss